Revue of THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT (BFG)
Release Date: July 1st, 2015
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
The adaptation of the children’s book by the renowned Roald Dahl stars Ruby Barnhill as Sophie and the voice talent of Mark Rylance as the BFG. Sophie is kidnapped by the BFG and while in his custody, she finds out that he isn’t as scary as she thought and an unlikely friendship develops and they both go on an adventure.
I recall reading this book in my schools library in secondary school and it was quite interesting and enjoyable and this movie adaptation has made me see it in a whole new (and better) light. Spielberg has again woven his magic by bringing to life this children’s classic with terrific storytelling and spectacular CGI. Most notable form me was the resounding voice talent of Rylance (who you will most recently remember from Bridge Of Spies) who made us believe in and love the big softie that is the BFG.
However, while watching the movie, I couldn’t help but notice that some scenes in the movie made the kids in the cinema rather uneasy because they were pretty scary. I recall overhearing one kid playfully say that he was definitely going to have nightmares tonight. That really got me curious because it is one thing to read a book and enjoy it and another one to see it play out in a big screen in front of you, so I guess in an attempt to accurately portray the characters, the producers may have gone a little overboard…or maybe the kid was just being overly dramatic.
Again for a movie that was meant for kids, it was pretty loooong- the movie was almost 2 hours long and about one hour into it, the kids had already started fidgeting with boredom. In truth, other than a scene where there was a farting extravaganza, there was a paucity of humor in the whole thing and we all appreciate that kids love to laugh.
Spielberg has once again shown why he is the master at what he does but I think in his quest to make a masterpiece of a movie from a classic kid’s book, he seems to have lost his target demographic- the kids. However, for a grown up like myself, I think it was a good movie and The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) earns 6.7/ 10 on my awesome-o-meter.
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